Paul Smith


I have been involved in civil litigation for over 30 years, with most of that time spent working for insurers.  I undertake a wide range of civil cases, including insurance coverage claims, subrogated recoveries and construction litigation.

In particular, I have acted for insurers in cases involving arson and fraud, complex civil cases, prosecutions under the health and safety legislation, leaky building disputes, IFSO complaints, and litigation at all Court levels up to the Supreme Court.

Recent work includes:

•    High Court litigation involving disputes over the extent of earthquake damage (and defective remedial
     work) to large commercial buildings, as well as residential dwellings.
•    Handling large fire claims at industrial premises, including disputes over the amount of insurance cover
•    A disputed business interruption claim concerning loss sustained due to incorrect cleaning procedures.

I am recognised as a recommended lawyer by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023 for insurance.